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Ari Sulander
Ari Sulander ZSC.jpg
Position Goaltender
Shoots Left
Nickname(s) Sulo
6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
194 lb (88 kg)
Nationalliga A Team
F. Teams
ZSC Lions
Nationalliga B
GCK Lions
1. Divisioona
Vantaa HT
Born (1969-01-06)January 6, 1969,
Helsinki, FIN
Pro Career 1987 – present

Olympic medal record
Men's ice hockey
Bronze Nagano 1998 Team Competition

Ari Sulander, also nicknamed Sulo (born January 6, 1969 in Helsinki, Finland), is a professional ice hockey goaltender.

Career in Finland

Sulander has played in the Finnish SM-Liiga in Helsingin Jokerit for nine seasons (1989–1998), winning four Finnish Championships (1992, 1994, 1996 and 1997), one Silver (1995), one Bronze (1998), two European Championships (1995 and 1996) and one European Championship Bronze (93). Sulander started with Jokerit as a Junior and progressed through the team all the way to position of No. 1 goalkeeper. During his Jokerit career, Sulander played with some of the greatest SM-Liiga players of all time, including Otakar Janecky, Teemu Selänne, Waltteri Immonen and Jari Kurri (Kurri played in Jokerit during the 1994-95 NHL lockout). During his nine-year SM-Liiga career, Sulander was coached by top coaches like Hannu Aravirta, Boris Mayorov, Jukka Ropponen.

Career in Switzerland

Sulander left Jokerit after winning Bronze in 1998 for a new challenge. Sulander's new team was the ZSC Lions (Zürich) of the Swiss top League, the Nationalliga A. Since 1998, Sulander has played 10 seasons for the ZSC (1999–today). Sulander succeeded in scoring a goal in a Swiss Elite League game during the 2002-2003 season. He has also won the Swiss Championship three times (2000, 2001 and 2008) and the Champions Hockey League 2008/09.

International career

Ari Sulander has played for Finland for a total of 117 games (dressed in 117, played 68). He played in the 1993, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999 and 2000 Ice Hockey World Championships and the 1998 Winter Olympic Games. In the World Championships Sulander has won one Gold, two Silver, and one Bronze medals. Sulander also won the Bronze in the 1998 Winter Olympics and was a key player in the Bronze game against NHL star powered Canada, led by Wayne Gretzky and Patrick Roy. Besides the 1998 Olympic tournament, Sulander also played well in the 1998 Ice Hockey World Championships.

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Preceded by
first winner
Winner of the Jari Kurri trophy
Succeeded by
Saku Koivu
Preceded by
Boris Rousson
Winner of the Urpo Ylönen trophy
Succeeded by
Jani Hurme

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